Mesut Ozil diverted attention away from Arsenal leaving him out of their Europa League squad with a well-timed message to his Twitter fans.
The Gunners announced their 25-man squad on Thursday, with two noticeable omissions: Sokratis Papastathopoulos and World Cup winner Ozil.
The German would have known when the announcement was coming, and would therefore know that his controversial omission would be a topic of debate.
And so he apparently diverted attention at the same time by posting a message to his Twitter followers, thanking them on enabling him to reach the 2.5million mark.
Ozil's omission from Arsenal's Europa League squad is the latest set-back in what has been a challenging few years for the 31-year-old.
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The German midfielder is the club's best-paid player but hasn't kicked a ball for Arsenal this season, and worst still, may not get to do so.
Premier League rules state that every club has to submit a 25-man squad by October 20.
On the list, the club must include a maximum of 17 – and a minimum of eight – non-homegrown players.
Arsenal currently have 19 non-homegrown players at the club, meaning Mikel Arteta is going to have to make another difficult decision in the coming weeks.
Having already been left out of Arsenal's Europa League squad, Ozil is in a prime position to be on the proverbial chopping block.
The Gunners were looking to sell Ozil this window given he is not in Arteta's plans and earns a huge £350,000-a-week.
But Ozil, who has one year left on his contract, made it clear he wanted to remain in north London.
Early on in the transfer window, Ozil told The Athletic: "My position is clear. I'm here through to the last day of our agreement and I'll give everything I have for this club.
"Situations like these will never break me, they only make me stronger. I showed in the past that I can come back into the team and I will show it again."
Ozil added: "I'll decide when I go, not other people. I didn't sign for two or three years, I signed for four and that should be respected by everyone.
"Things have obviously been difficult but I love Arsenal, I love to work there, I love the people in the club – the real people, those I've been with for a long time – and I love London, it's my home."
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